Will it ever get better?

by Tamara Kube

I was just wondering if you know if my knee pain will ever go away.

I have a few things wrong, I have something with the corninary joint ligment, mcl laxity, very small meniscual tare, and mostly patella femoral syndrome.

I don't know how or why it ever started, it just always has hurt ever since I was really small.

I have went to my family doctor, a sports doctor, and currently I go to physio, and am waiting on a pateller tracking brace.

I just can't stand it, I really don't want surgery, and as far as doctors say, I dont need it either.

But it hurts so bad all the time, from my hip down. I have been doing a taping technique that I learned by Dr. Michael Ross (my physio therapist) and that stops it from locking and giving away, but doesn't stop the pain.

My two favourite sports are soccer and rugby, I play rep soccer and rugby at school in grade 12.

I really want to play this year, but the pain is so bad, I don't know what to do.

At physio therapy I get acupuncture, electrical stem, ulter sound, and "friction." And it seems like it helps then, but i go home, and a day or two after the pain is back again.

Please can you provide me with some advice?
Everytime I go back to physio, he askes me how it has been. And i'm scared that if I keep saying it's not any better that I wont be able to play soccer, or mainly rugby in the spring.

PLEASE help!

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Nov 19, 2008
patella femoral syndrome
by: Bart - SII

Are you doing any type of exercises in PT, or just the pain relief? Exercises, especially those that strengthen your hips and core, are essential to treating patella femoral syndrome. If you aren't doing any of these things, then you need to ask why. E-stim, acupuncture, friction massage, etc will all help to make your knee feel better, but they will not solve the underlying problem that is causing your knee pain - most of the time this is weakness in the hips and mobility restrictions in the hips and low back.


Nov 19, 2008
Answering your feedback/question?
by: Anonymous

Yea. I do, this thing against the wall with a ball that works on my hip. I am trying to get flexible because right now I can't touch my toes (but I have went from 15 centimeteres away to 5 cm away to being able to touch my toes.) I also do leg presses, and the bicycle. And I am getting orthopedic inserts for my shoes. Thanks for your feedback. :)

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